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Corporate Food Technologist, QA Scientist

Posted Date: 07/21/2017
Salary Range: $70-$80K salary, $13K bonus (variable)
Job Code: 2224
Location: East Coast


Provide technical leadership to assure safety/quality of Corporate Brand (CB) products. Work to approve CB products and manufacturing plants; ensure all packaging meets legal requirements. Monitor quality of procured CB products. Demonstrate the company’s core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Analyze customer comments; partner with manufacturing facilities to resolve product quality issues
  • Collaborate with product development teams to maintain/improve finished product specifications
  • Develop/provide guidance to implement, achieve and maintain Safe Quality Food (SQF) level 3 certification at Kroger manufacturing facilities
  • Oversee factory compliance and interactions with SQF certification body
  • Develop/analyze statistical data/product specifications to determine present standards; establish proposed quality/reliability expectations for finished products
  • Manage, develop, maintain and ensure SQF policies, procedures, training materials, logs, documentation, certificates of analysis (COAs), product specification sheets and records meet SQF level 3 certification requirements
  • Provide guidance to manufacturing facilities to develop, maintain and improve food quality plans for all processes (e.g. inspection plans, product testing protocols and methodologies)
  • Oversee root cause/corrective action processes to ensure timely completion and thorough analysis of root cause/corrective actions, as well as effective implementation of sustainable changes to prevent reoccurrence
  • Follow established programs, policies and practices to produce safe quality foods that meet regulatory and company requirements
  • Accountable to Manufacturing Food Safety and Quality Principles
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation

Minimum Position Qualifications/Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in food science technology, dairy science, bakery science, food microbiology or related field
  • 2 years’ experience in a food-related position/industry
  • Advanced knowledge in a specialized area (e.g. food microbiology, refrigerated foods, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations, specialty ingredients or supplement regulations)
  • Strong critical thinking skills and attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy/precision
  • Strong oral/written communication skills
  • Demonstrated excellence in project planning, problem solving and execution
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills
  • Ability to promote quality concepts/principles by providing the leadership needed to develop/administer the Quality Management System
  • Ability to validate changes to food safety fundamentals, food safety plans and food quality plans that impact the manufacturing network’s ability to deliver safe, quality food (Pay level - 9)

Desired Previous Job Experience:

  • 2 years’ experience in quality assurance and quality control/quality systems
  • Plant experience in quality assurance
  • Experience with statistical process control (SPC) and Lean/Six Sigma
  • Experience implementing/maintaining robust quality systems (e.g. ISO 9001, 22000, SQF, BRC, etc.)
  • Proficient with product lifecycle management (PLM), Infinity and SharePoint






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